Moonwalking With Einstein

Moonwalking With Einstein

[the Art and Science of Remembering Everything]

Audiobook CD - 2011
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-Joshua Foer invents a new genre of nonfiction. This is a work of science journalism wrapped around an adventure story, a bildungsroman fused to a vivid investigation of human memory.---Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist
On average, people squander forty days annually compensating for things they've forgotten. Joshua Foer used to be one of those people. But after a year of memory training, he found himself in the finals of the U.S. Memory Championship. Even more important, Foer found a vital truth we too often forget: In every way that matters, we are the sum of our memories.
Moonwalking with Einstein draws on cutting-edge research, a cultural history of memory, and venerable tricks of the mentalist's trade to transform our understanding of human remembering. Under the tutelage of top -mental athletes, - Foer learns ancient techniques once employed by Cicero to memorize his speeches and by medieval scholars to memorize entire books. Foer learns to apply techniques that call on imagination as much as determination. His experience shows that the memory championships are less a test of memory than of perseverance and creativity. Moonwalking with Einstein brings listeners to a profound appreciation of a gift we all possess but that too often slips our minds.
Publisher: Westminster, Md. : Books on Tape, p2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307881601
0307881601
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (9 hr., 31 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Chamberlain, Mike.

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larters
Aug 17, 2017

A delightful and fascinating book about one journalist's journey into memory competition, first as an observer, and then as a participant. The cast of characters is memorable, and the flow of the narrative is engaging. Equal parts memoir, history, and science, this is well worth a read (or listen, as the case may be).

JCLHopeH Aug 09, 2017

Told from a memoir perspective, this isn't intended to be self-help, although there are plenty of interesting strategies presented for memory improvement as the author shares his own experiment of training for memory competition. I'm excited that there's hope for conquering my perpetual forgetfulness!

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jkvalley73
Jan 27, 2016

This was a fun read (listen) and I gained a few tips along the way. Mostly it was very entertaining, very well researched, and very informative. Three thumbs up. Also: A pickled jar of garlic, a tub of cottage cheese, pete-smoked salmon, six bottles of white wine, three pairs of socks, some hula hoops... (get the book).

lilly29 May 06, 2014

This audio recording made reading "Moonwalking with Einstein" a little easier. I had to read this book for a graduate class and did not have much time. I am glad I was able to borrow this material.

There was a minor error. There was a word in the book that the narrator did not read. It was exciting to come across this mistake while reading about memory and precision!

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danielestes
Mar 16, 2012

Who knew that a book on memory would be the most visual experience of my year? Of course any memory expert will tell you that the easiest memories to recall are ones that stand out from the rest. Moonwalking with Einstein is a history of memory and of trying to remember. It's also a partial how-to guide on memorizing unusually long lists of trivial data. One of the most interesting tidbits from the book is how we consider the ability to recall nearly perfectly a good thing and yet those rare individuals whose minds approach a true photographic status are seen as handicapped due to their lessened ability to distinguish the quality of a memory.

There's a scene near the end of the book, during the Speed Cards round at the U.S. Memory Championships, where the title of the book comes from. The excitement of this moment is a perfect climax for both the reader and the author's efforts.

Given the recent success of a movie like Moneyball (about baseball statistics) I think it's possible that a movie about memory could be a hit as well.

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